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Naturally the pad will raise the noise floor by the value of the pad, 30db in this case. This is because whatever noise was there prior to applying the pad will be raised 30db when you engage the pad and then add 30db of preamp.

The pad is very important – not to be disregarded. My system doesn’t make much noise, but if you have a noisy bass guitar on a DI and pad the input, then have to crank the pre – then you will get some noise. Pads are tools that should be used only if necessary. This would be true on any console, though – and not specific to the iLive.